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Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Stoke Bruerne, a village and a parish in Northamptonshire. The village stands on the Grand Junction Canal, 1½ mile SW of Roade station on the main line of the L. & N.W.R., and 3¼ miles E by N of Towcester; and has a post office under Towcester; money order and telegraph office, Roade. The parish includes Shutlanger hamlet, and comprises 2633 acres; population, 810. The manor belongs to the Duke of Grafton. Stoke Park was the seat of Sir Francis Crane, a courtier of Elizabeth and James I., and was frequently visited by Charles I. It is now the property of the Vernons. The house was almost destroyed by fire in 1886, but has since been rebuilt. The park has an area of about 400 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £470 with residence. Patron, Brasenose College, Oxford. The church is a large building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, N and S porches, and an embattled western tower. There is a school chapel erected in 1884 at Shutlanger, where there is also a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthamptonshire 
Ecclesiastical parishStoke-Bruerne St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTowcester 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1560., in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, situated on a slight eminence, is a spacious building of stone, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells, rehung in 1900: the screen and pulpit are of carved oak: in the chancel is a brass with male effigy in a gown and ruff, kneeling at a desk; in the upper corners are shields of arms and below an inscription to Richard Lightfoot, 23 years rector of this parish, ob. 1625, aged 63 years: there are piscinæ in both aisles: and in the south aisle is an aumbry with its original oak door and fastenings: in the south aisle is a memorial window erected by the parishioners in January, 1877, at a cost of about £90, to the Rev. Philip Henry Lee M.A. rector 1836-76: the chancel was restored in 1881 at a cost of £900, under the direction of Mr. E. Swinfen Harris F.R.I.B.A.. of Stony Stratford, when an organ chamber and vestry were added: the tower and interior were restored in 1901, and a baptistery erected as a memorial to the late Mr. George Savage: there are 300 sittings.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stoke Bruerne from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictSouth Northamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN12
Post TownTowcester